Most New Yorkers understand the dangers of drunken driving. Because alcohol impairs a person's ability to think carefully and clearly, poor judgments and bad decisions can result from a night of drinking.
In all states, including New York, law enforcement officials use different methods to apprehend drivers who could be driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of drugs. Drivers should note that they can be pulled over if officers see any probable cause or sign of intoxication.
Drunk driving is strictly prohibited in the United States. Each state has its own unique set of penalties that are imposed on those arrested for drunk driving. New York has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the country. Readers should note that anyone, regardless of social status or government affiliation can be arrested for DUI, which is the case of an NYPD officer who was recently charged with DUI after being involved in a minor accident.
Being charged with drunk driving can be a difficult situation for any New York resident. However, for particular residents, like those working in law enforcement, charges can be even more severe, threatening their job and standing in the community.
Lightning rarely strikes the same spot twice, but when it does, the effects are rarely pleasant to anyone near the strike. Take the case of an Oneonta man who recently earned not one, but two DWI charges on the same night and at the same location.
An alleged drunk driver was arrested in Greenwich Village recently after his car struck an NYPD car on the West Side Highway after 10 one recent evening. According to the police officers, their car was parked with rooftop lights flashing along West 12th and Bethune Street after they had pulled over another vehicle when the alleged drunken driver's vehicle struck theirs. The force of collision pushed the police car onto the car that had been pulled over.
New York does not tolerate drunk driving on its streets. And despite the fact that drunk driving is considered a serious offense and carries significant penalties, the state still has its fair share of alcohol-related incidents. When one finds him or herself charged with a drunk driving crime, it can be life-altering. A recent DUI incident can help serve as an example.
American justice holds that no one is above the law. That lesson is apparent to any New Yorker who followed the recent news about the latest arrest of Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins. The mayor landed in trouble with police when he was caught in the aftermath of an apparent drunken-driving accident. He then compounded his problem with a series of profanity-laden rants directed at officers that were caught on police surveillance videos.
Just about every driver in New York has made a mistake behind the wheel. Some of these slipups are minor like forgetting to use a blinker or slightly speeding, while others are major such as driving the wrong way. When one makes a major driving mistake, the police are more likely to take note and react. Sometimes when these drivers are stopped, they are accused of drunk driving.
Recently, a 26-year old man in White Plains was pulled over by police on suspicion of driving under the influence. The driver was allegedly found by law enforcement sleeping on the wheel of his car, which was parked three feet from the curb with the engine running.